HEAVELY TREASURES.BY WILLARD PRESTO, D,D.
" Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rustdo corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal ; but lay up for your-selves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, andwhere thieves do not break through nor steal."' — Mattuew 6 : 19, 20.
The history of mankind in general lias been ahistory of supreme devotedness to this world. Thelimited period of their earthly existence, with hereand there an exception, has bounded their pursuits,their desires, and their hopes. Striking and solemnevents have daily reminded them that this world isnot their final home, nor place of long continuance;yet temporal things have engrossed and absorbed theirhearts. Their cry has been, " Who will show us anyearthly good ?" " What shall we eat, and what shall wedrink, and wherewithal shall we be clothed ?" whollyforgetful or unmindful of the immortality and finaldestiny of their souls. Or, if they ever send theirthoughts beyond the grave, appalled at the gloomwith which it is shrouded, they soon recall them.They look forward to no inheritance in heaven, whencalled to relinquish their possessions on earth.232 SERMO XIV.Alas, all tJievr treasures lie within the narrow circleof this life ! But these must fiiil them, or they mustleave them. or will they ease them of a single pain,in the hour of separation. This is the folly which ourSaviour reproves in the former verse of our text ; andwhile he would dissuade from laying up treasures ex-